"I found the ELL in the Classroom Refresher course to be a well organized, clear and topically useful course. It was clear and concise with content chunked to help make it easy to understand. The presentation was efficient and effective. From the course, I found concepts I was unaware of and had some of my classroom practices reaffirmed. After completing the course, I feel better prepared to help my ELL students achieve greater academic success while improving their English."
-- D.H. from Thailand
"This course was very beneficial in understanding the specific needs of English language learners. Some of the major concepts that I took away from this course include (1) lowering the effective filter and keeping my classroom a safe place for language learners to try new language structures, (2) providing context for the lesson with activating prior knowledge and previewing vocabulary words, and (3) using graphic organizers and visuals to help assist the EL students. In addition, I also learned the differences between social language (BICS) and academic language (CALP). "
-- C.S. from Kansas
"I have added much to my tool belt as a teacher. I was surprised at many of the culture differences and am more aware of these differences. And differences still to be discovered. It is always about expanding the way we teach. As we know all learns learn at different rates and through different techniques. This class was not only provided great ideas and practice for teaching the ELL students, but to all students across the board. With the projected rate of 40% ELL students in the year 2030, this is not only useful knowledge, but essential knowledge."
-- D.P. from Colorado